Printed Matter

Printed Matter

Conveniently located directly opposite 192 Books in the Chelsea District, the not-for-profit Printed Matter offers a somewhat alternative range of books concentrated around the biographical and autobiographical genres. You’ll also find a diverse range of coffee table art-house books filled to the brim with stunning photography, sketches and painting prints.

192 Books

192 Books

Located in the affluent Chelsea shopping district, 192 Books has been serving customers with trademark friendliness since May 2003. The privately owned bookstore stocks an abundant variety of art and political literature, however also specializes in niche volumes covering everything from handi-crafts to interior design. The store has become known for the many author signings that occur on an almost monthly basis. If you’ve a love for contemporary art, check out the exhibitions featuring both local and national artists, housed upstairs within the “gallery” area.

Strand Bookstore

Strand Bookstore

Ask anyone in New York City the best place to find an elusive novel or out-of-print reference book and the answer will almost always be: The Strand. With over 18 miles of stock, The Strand has one of the largest and most diverse retail collections in New York, and best of all, the majority are at sold at slashed prices. Head upstairs for the rare and ancient volumes, or down to the cellar for cut-price paperbacks and fiction. Bag yourself one of the trademark Strand Tote Bags as a souvenir of your visit.

Housing Works

Housing Works

Few thrift stores are dedicated to giving something back to the community, which is perhaps why Housing Works have become so popular. With stores now open in 50 locations, the organization are dedicated to offering exceptional quality merchandise, from which the proceeds go to helping the twin issues of AIDS/ HIV and homelessness in New York City. Stocking everything from vintage home appliances, to high-end designer clothing, each and every Housing Works store is a treasure trove of old and new waiting to be discovered. Look out for stylish gifts and garments made exclusively for the company, featuring the brand logo.

Encore The Premier Consignment Store

Encore The Premier Consignment Store

If it’s vintage chic with a designer cut that you’re really after, look no further than Encore. Stocking only mint condition designer-wear, you can expect to find garments by Bottega Veneta occupying rail-space alongside Missoni, Dior and Chanel. Those with a shoe obsession will also find an extensive stock from the likes of Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin. All items are personally approved by the store owners, and only remain upon the shelves for a maximum of three months, by which point the affordable prices are then slashed by up to 50% more. Visit during summer sale season and …continue reading

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